Bill Maher and Minn. Rep. Ellison square off on Democrats playing ‘Republican-lite’ on guns

By Arturo Garcia
Friday, March 21, 2014 23:16 EDT
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Real Time host Bill Maher called out Minnesota Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison and his party to his face on Friday, accusing the Democrats of merely playing along with Republicans on the issue of gun safety.

“Why doesn’t your party come out against the Second Amendment?” Maher demanded.

“I sure wish we would,” Ellison said.

“Really?” Maher shot back. “Because I don’t hear anybody from the Democratic Party say that. What they say is, ‘I am also a strong supporter.’”

“You have got to check out the progressive caucus,” Ellison told Maher. “We have come out very strong for common-sense gun safety rules.”

“Common-sense gun safety is bullsh*t,” Maher said, cutting in. “It means that there are 3,000 types of guns available in the U.S., and you want to ban about 200 of them.”

“What it means is, if you want to have Grandpa’s shotgun, have it,” Ellison responded. “But get rid of them crazy military-style assault weapons.”

“That’s not going to change anything,” Maher said, pressing.

While Ellison argued that increasing public safety around firearms involved a variety of tactics, like closing loopholes around gun show sales and allowing the Centers for Disease Control to publish studies related to mass shootings, Maher argued that the Democrats “love guns, too.”

In one example, Maher pointed out that after Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) appeared at a conservative event awkwardly holding a rifle, his Democratic opponent, Alison Lunderman Grimes, responded with a picture boasting she could do so “better.”

“If people have the choice between a Republican and Republican-lite, they’re probably gonna go for the real thing,” Maher said.

Watch the discussion, as posted online on Friday, below.

Arturo Garcia
Arturo Garcia
Arturo R. García is the managing editor at Racialicious.com. He is based in San Diego, California and has written for both print and broadcast media, including contributions to GlobalComment.com, The Root and Comment Is Free. Follow him on Twitter at @ABoyNamedArt
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